When it came to revealing the Cross Spirits booster set, it seemed that Bandai learned from their mistakes and controlled the volume of cards being revealed by spreading them out over a number of weeks. Although it was nice to take a look at the higher rarity cards coming with the set, it was one SCR in particular that really caused a buzz.
Last month, Bandai entrusted several popular content creators with the task of revealing the SCRs of Cross Spirits. This was done by pitting them against each other in a series of games, with the winners getting to reveal a card on their YouTube channels. Although ‘Super 17, Sibling Absorbed’ and ‘Majin Buu, Kibito Kai Absorbed’ are great from an art and playability standpoint, it is ‘SS Son Goku & Frieza, Miraculous Conclusion’ that has become the crowning jewel of the set.
Fans of the anime series will always find cards with two iconic characters incredibly cool, which in turn boosts its value as more people seek to add it to their collection. ‘Son Goku And Vegeta, Apex Of Power’ was the first SCR to include Goku and an ally teaming up, standing back to back, ready to take on the enemy. This card was chased by many collectors when the Universal Onslaught booster was first released and has now skyrocketed in value since it went out of print. In fact, the most recent sale of a sealed booster went for $2250 on eBay.
Raw copies of Apex of Power have recently gone for between $1100 and $1600, while a BGS 10 sold for $3000 at the end of last month. Could ‘SS Son Goku & Frieza’ see the same success? TCG Player have already valued ‘SS Son Goku & Frieza, Miraculous Conclusion’ at $387, although that price could change once the Cross Spirits set is officially released and more copies make their way onto the market. ‘Majin Buu, Kibito Kai Absorbed’ is currently valued at $209 for its pre-sale, while ‘Super 17, Sibling Absorbed’ sits at $188. This is a clear indication that Son ‘Goku & Frieza’ is the jewel of the Cross Spirits booster, currently worth almost double the amount of the other SCRs from the same set.
When ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ first came out, it was the playability that attracted fans, as the collector base was still building. ‘SS Son Goku & Frieza’ will have a similar introduction to the DBS CG, as it can be played for 5 energy and has several skills that can help you win the game in the turn it’s played. It will be interesting to see how the value of this card progresses as collectors and players scoop up copies, especially when graded submissions return and the set eventually goes out of print.
It can’t be a coincidence that another SCR card depicts legendary members of the Universe 7 team standing side by side. It seems that Bandai notices what collectors like most when it comes to the theme and subject of a card and don’t mind providing it to them once in a while. Does this mean we will get a new equivalent of ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ in the near future? Maybe an SCR based on the penultimate moment of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super Movie, or even the next godly transformation of Vegeta, which is rumoured to happen in the next series of the anime.
Watching hero and villain fight back to back in their ultimate forms was an epic moment in the Dragon Ball Super series and has resulted in an equally epic looking card. ‘SS Son Goku & Frieza, Miraculous Conclusion’ is definitely a card we are excited to keep an eye on as its rarity, playability and incredible artwork may just give it all the ingredients to become the next big chase card in the DBS CG.
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media
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